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Everything posted by Marianne

  1. Happy Birthday, George! (I always liked him and Martin Milner in the television show Route 66.)
  2. Richard Basehart was a suspect through most of Tension, but he wasn't the villain. I like "veering close to a really bad thing" -- so noir to veer so close to bad!
  3. The set (“from Turner Sports Studios”) and the discussion format made me laugh, and I thought it was genius to put some parody into the discussion of Charlie Chaplin’s comedy bits. But the setup really started me thinking. The set and the discussion format were humorous to me because I am familiar with modern sports casting and sports commentary. But someone in Chaplin’s era probably wouldn’t know what to make of either one. So I’m wondering if Chaplin’s comedic genius also involved knowing his medium (film) and knowing his audience. He and all comics need an audience—people who find the m
  4. Richard Basehart was great in Tension. I think I heard on the DVD commentary of that movie that he left the United States when his wife died and moved to Europe. He continued his film career, but not in Hollywood. Could that be why he wasn't a bigger star?
  5. Interesting point. I have never been a huge fan of the Three Stooges, but I will have to watch for their ability to "own" their comedy, to inhabit their sketches fully, the next time I watch them. Maybe it will make a difference for me.
  6. Yes, I remember that "lecture" on The Dick Van Dyke Show: I think it was the episode when Rob Petrie visits his son Richie's class for "What My Father Does for a Living." One of the things I loved about The Dick Van Dyke Show was that the humor was so good-natured: No matter what the joke, it wasn't "at anyone else's expense." Behind it all, it was obvious that every character liked the others. Could that be what others are struggling with when it comes to defining the "violent" part of the definition for slapstick? I know I struggle with it. I do think there's some truth to slapstick
  7. So glad that you included Mary Shelley on this list. I must admit that I had to reread the dates to make sure I was seeing correctly!!!
  8. Thank you for mentioning the Our Gang (aka Little Rascals) short. These shorts were my favorites on television growing up. You can find Second Childhood on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah0NlGNfelA. Enjoy (again)!
  9. I haven't seen Day Two's assignment yet either, but it's probably because Dr. Richard Edwards hasn't posted it yet. It's 3:11 p.m., my time, so there's nine hours left. And if Dr. Edwards is not on the eastern coast of the United States (and he's likely not if he's in Indiana), then he has even more time!
  10. Dancing on the Edge (2013, dir. Stephen Poliakoff) I give the television series Dancing on the Edge 12 out of 16 from our list of noir characteristics. Dancing on the Edge is a story about a jazz band trying to make its fortune in 1930s London. The soundtrack is original work for the show, and it is wonderful. The band members—all black musicians—meet all sorts of people during their stay in London. Some want to help the band; others are dead set against the band and individual members. I watched Dancing on the Edge on DVD. Everything I have read online indicates that the series or
  11. Thanks for this post. I watched the first version dated 1895 on YouTube and I prefer the second one, too. Although I like how the boy "runs away" from the spanking in the first version by practically running around in circles, around the man. And I like how he looks directly into the camera near the end, as though he's being defiant in some way. I watched both versions, without any music, without any sound, and both seem much more playful with the music.
  12. I suppose the boy is the antagonist and the gardener is the protagonist, but we don’t know what came before this prank. We know nothing of the boy’s motivations, except that maybe it was just a simple prank. Are the tables really turned on the gardener? That English-language wording implies that something the gardener did precipitated (pun alert!) the boy’s prank. Viewers just don’t know. They can fill in a back story if they want, but the clip doesn’t provide any answers or back story. In the clip, the gardener turns the tables on the boy: He chases after him and gives him a watering! I n
  13. Yup, that's what happened earlier today, and I checked once again and that's what is still happening. But it does say at Canvas that the course still starts tomorrow (August 28). I hope it does and I hope I'm still enrolled.
  14. I just checked my dashboard on Canvas, and the course for Painfully Funny: Exploring Slapstick in the Movies has been removed from my student dashboard. Until today, the course was listed under "In Progress." Why was it deleted? This isn't already a problem before the course starts, I hope. Anyone else having this problem?
  15. We've been adding to this thread for a year and two days. That's an anniversary that deserves a mention, I thought.
  16. I am repeating the list of film noir and neo-noir characteristics (borrowings) we have been using to investigate neo-noir. Please use as many or as few characteristics as you like to discuss neo-noir. I started the discussion thread as a way to continue applying what we learned in Dr. Edwards’s course, TCM Presents Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir (aka Summer of Darkness: Investigating Film Noir). Also included (below the list of characteristics) is the most up-to-date list of neo-noir films; we have been adding—and continue to add—titles to the list. The list is broken down by d
  17. A channel called Decades is featuring Valerie Harper's old television show Rhoda in honor of her birthday. So seventies!!! I always liked Valerie Harper in the role of Rhoda. I still remember her on The Mary Tyler Moore Show saying that she thought of her car as one big purse.
  18. I'm in! The Summer of Darkness course was so much fun. I'm really looking forward to this one, too.
  19. I hope this link from YouTube will work: Rose Marie talks about being a childhood star. And she discusses her voice specifically. Very interesting. Perhaps we forgot about one factor in "Baby" Rose Marie's voice: She was born with it!!!
  20. I do remember Rose Marie's raspy voice. Your theory about her guttural singing might be the answer; I have not looked into it either. But was she ever a smoker? A drinker? Smoking and drinking would certainly get her voice raspy. (And dare I say it: Maybe age has something to do with it?!)
  21. Thanks so much for posting this. It was a real treat, especially because I mostly think of The Dick Van Dyke Show when I think of Rose Marie!
  22. Everything old is new again. So glad to see vinyl records getting their due!
  23. I found your write-up intriguing and now I want to see Harper, but did you like it? You never said one way or the other. By the way, it's a new one for our list!
  24. Am I lazy enough to celebrate Lazy Day if I responded to this post? I'm gonna say yes because I am supposed to be getting work done, not doing fun stuff like posting about holidays and movies!
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